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Quick and Easy Vegetable Soup With Frozen Veggies

Maria is a master of public health and a master gardener. She and her husband, known as The Gardener & The Cook, live in coastal Alabama.

My homemade vegetable soup. I believe this batch included ground turkey, but you can easily make this vegetarian.

My homemade vegetable soup. I believe this batch included ground turkey, but you can easily make this vegetarian.

I always eagerly anticipate the first pots of homemade soup and chili each autumn. This recipe is intended to be prepared on short notice, so, except for potatoes, I have used mostly frozen veggies.

Of course, if you have plenty of time to let it simmer all day or even half a day, you can use fresh veggies. The problem with that is they are more expensive in the winter, unless you live in a warm climate. Here's my recipe for our favorite quick and easy vegetable soup.

Ingredients

  • 1 large can diced tomatoes
  • 2 to 3 cups water
  • 1/2 package frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 package field peas with snaps
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 large white potato, cut into cubes
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 1 large can tomato paste (for thickness)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • A dash of garlic powder, if desired
  • 3 teaspoons of stevia or sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt (We use sea salt)

Instructions

  1. Put tomatoes and their liquid into a stockpot, and add water.
  2. Set heat to high or medium-high.
  3. Add all frozen vegetables, then stir.
  4. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, and ketchup.
  5. When the liquid begins to simmer, reduce heat to low.
  6. Cut potato into bite-sized pieces and cook in microwave until soft — usually about 2 minutes
  7. Add the potatoes and the water that cooked out of them to the soup mixture.
  8. Chop the onion, then cook in microwave until soft (Again, about 2 minutes.)
  9. Add the onion, including the water that cooked out of it, to the mixture.
  10. Adjust the seasonings to suit your taste.
  11. Let simmer until ready to eat.

Adding Ground Turkey or Beef Is an Option

If you want to use ground turkey or even ground beef, start browning the meat in a skillet. Let it cook while you are combining the other ingredients. When the meat is done, spread it onto a plate covered with paper towels to absorb any excess grease. Then add it to the soup mixture.

Dinner's almost ready!

Dinner's almost ready!

Caution: When Refrigerating or Freezing Large Quantities

I include this important safety precaution in all my soup and chili recipes. It’s that important. Be sure to store large quantities of soups, stews, and chili in several smaller containers.

In a large stockpot like the one in the picture above, the food in the center of the pot will not cool fast enough and will be at risk of growing bacteria. We do not want anyone getting food poisoning.

© 2021 MariaMontgomery

Your Comments Are Always Welcome

MariaMontgomery (author) from Coastal Alabama, USA on September 15, 2021:

Hi Misbah! Ah, a fellow foodie. So nice to meet you. We love soup, too. I'm so glad you like it. It's actually an old family favorite that I've made for years. Of course, Bo (the cook) helps, too. Enjoy.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on September 15, 2021:

Maria, This recipe seems to be both tasty and easy to prepare. I'll have to give this a try because I love soups. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. I am a food lover. Take care. Stay safe and healthy!

Many Blessings to you!

MariaMontgomery (author) from Coastal Alabama, USA on September 15, 2021:

Hi Denise, I seem to have a tendency to put too much water. Whenever I do that, I use tomato paste to thicken it up a bit. Sometimes I buy the kind in a tube, so I can re-cap it, and don't have to use it all. Thank you for reading my article, and for your comment.

MariaMontgomery (author) from Coastal Alabama, USA on September 15, 2021:

Hi Peggy, We enjoy soup and chili year-round, too, but we do make it more often in winter. Isn't it great to freeze some, so you don't have to cook some nights? I know what you mean about hot weather outlasting cold weather. It's the same here. I'm really looking forward to cooler weather. Thanks for stopping by and reading my article.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 15, 2021:

Very good recipe. I like to leave out the tomato paste and just use vegetable broth instead. Very hearty and warming on those cold winter days.

Blessings,

Denise

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 15, 2021:

I just made a huge pot of soup today. Your recipe sounds good, and we always use our Tupperware containers to store portions of soup. I love to freeze them and have them on hand for future meals.

We like eating soups year-round, not just when it is cold outside. That is a good thing, because our hot weather way outlasts our cooler months of the year.

Have a good day, Maria.

MariaMontgomery (author) from Coastal Alabama, USA on September 15, 2021:

Hi Bill. Those "worse weather" days are the best for soup, stews, & chili. The only problem we have is decided which one to make. Today is very rainy, thanks to remnants of Nicholas to the west of us, so I think it may be a good soup day, even though it's not cold outside. Thanks for reading my article, and for your comment.

MariaMontgomery (author) from Coastal Alabama, USA on September 15, 2021:

Hi Lora, I'm so glad you liked the soup recipe. As you can see it's packed full of veggies. Since you mentioned grains, I used to add rice to this soup, but if added to early, it seemed to disappear, so if you want to include rice, add it near the end of the cooking time, just long enough for it to become softened. Thanks for reading my article, and for your comment.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 15, 2021:

It's that time of year . . . soups, stews, and chili. Thanks for the recipe. I'll file it away and give it a try when the weather turns for the worse around here.

Lora Hollings on September 14, 2021:

This recipe looks delicious and easy to make with your clear and concise directions. I will definitely make this especially since I’m a vegetarian and I’m always looking for meals that are composed mainly of veggies, beans and grains. Thanks for sharing.

MariaMontgomery (author) from Coastal Alabama, USA on September 14, 2021:

You're very welcome. Thank you for reading it, and for your comment. If you make the soup, I hope you enjoy it.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 14, 2021:

This soup looks delicious, Maria. I appreciate the recipe and the caution is also important. Thank you.

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